Is there worthwhile genre literature?

Absolutely. Purists can try to pigeonhole genre fiction, but in the end successful material both speaks to human condition and resonates with the reader. Writers like Ken Liu are injecting fresh authenticity into a medium that, frankly, on the genre side can trend to the silly and on the literature side can appear introspective and stuffy. In the end, if a writer offers something of lasting artistic merit then we’ll read it, genre or not.

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